From pioneer times to the present the Perrier family has been an important factor in the development of the agricultural resources of Oklahoma and Napoleon Perrier, the owner of one of the largest and most productive farms in Osage county, has ably carried forward the work of tilling the soil, being recognized as one of the leading agriculturists of his part of the state. He was born near the Osage Mission, in Kansas, September 18, 1859, his parents being Peter and Catherine (Cadrick) Perrier, both of whom were of Osage extraction. In early life they lived in Kansas and in 1872 came to Indian Territory, and was settling on Bird creek, near Skiatook, in Osage county, where the father devoted his attention to farming and stock raising. He passed away over twenty years ago and the mother had preceded him to the home beyond. Of their family but two children are living: Napoleon, of this review; and Susan, the wife of Charlie Harlow.
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Napoleon Perrier acquired his education in the Osage Mission, near Pauline, Kansas, which he attended for eight years, and when a young man of twenty-one years he began farming for himself in Osage county, Oklahoma, adding to his holdings from time to time until he now has six hundred and forty acres in that County. He also has large property interests in Washington County, owning realty in Bartlesville and Ochelata and receiving large royalties from oil wells on his land. He is now living retired upon his farm in Osage County, which is situated on Candy creek, four and a half miles west of Ochelata, having through his untiring efforts and capable management succeeded in accumulating a very substantial income.
Mr. Perrier was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Haynie, a Cherokee, who was born near Fayetteville, Arkansas, and they became the parents of nine children : Eugene, who is living at Claremore, Oklahoma; Thomas, a farmer residing near Ochelata, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work ; Louis, a well known agriculturist living near Ochelata; Nina, the wife of Frank Bolen ; Lee, who resides at Bigheart, in Osage County ; Peter, who makes his home in Ochelata; Lola, who married G. C. Schonover of Pawhuska ; P. N., whose biography is given on another page of this history ; and Owen, who resides with his brother, P. N., on a farm near Ochelata.
Mr. Perrier has made wise use of his time and opportunities and through diligence, determination and the judicious management of his business interests has achieved a notable measure of success, while as one of the pioneer residents of the state he is accorded the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends.